Where are they now? GTS 2013 Finalist Lizzie Mackay


Over the next week we will be sharing a series of stories from the 2013 Global Talent Search Finalists. This includes our Special Studio winner Daniel Roode, and our four runners up, Emily Balsley, Josephine Kimberling, Lizzie Mackay and Vesper Stamper. First up, we caught up with Lizzie Mackay, who has this to share one year on from GTS 2013:


What have you have been up to since the 2013 GTS competition?

What a year, I haven’t stopped! After the GTS, I went straight into plan B. Surtex in New York was definitely a huge highlight of my year. Myself and my three designer friends formed Dotty Wren Studio and took ourselves off to New York in May. It was incredibly hard work but more than worth it.
I’ve also been so lucky to work with some of the nicest clients all through the year on literally ‘dream’ projects. Honestly, I could pinch myself. I’m excited to see what’s coming up next, and to keep pushing my work forward. 
What are you most proud of from this past year?
  • How far I’ve come in just twelve months. 
  • Exhibiting at Surtex and turning a dream into reality.
  • Being a Dotty Wren. I now count the other wrens (Sue, Wendy and Dawn) as true friends. We support each other through the ups and downs and give each other the courage that we can achieve anything. 
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What are the most important things you learned from taking part in the Global Talent Search? 
  • You don’t have to be the winner to win! You can make your own dreams happen too. 
  • Always have a Plan B up your sleeve. That way, it’s not the end of the world if you don’t win. I firmly believe that when one door shuts, another one will open for you.
  • Don’t overthink your design/artwork. Know when it’s ready, or, if it’s not working, to be brave and start again.
What one piece of advice would you give to anyone considering entering the competition this year?

With each brief, keep in mind who will be buying the products. Knowing your target audience is important. Combine this with your own style and you’re good to go! 

All images in this post are courtesy Lizzie Mackay. Find out more about Lizzie and Dotty Wren Studio here: website/blog/Facebook/Twitter

Taking part in the Global Talent Search is fun and will challenge you. If you get to the semi-final (shortlist of top 50) your work will get in front of our stellar panel of judges from across the industry. If you get to the final, by then thousands of people will have seen your work. And the winner wins all of these amazing prizes, including 2 years’ representation from Lilla Rogers Studio. Last year’s winner nearly didn’t enter because she didn’t know if she was ready, or ‘good enough. She was and she won. So might you. But you have to be in it to win it. REGISTER NOW!



  • Wonderful Lizzie! Love my Wren friends!!! Best to you and the girls, lovely work and a sharing spirit!

    July 20, 2014
  • What a great interview! Well done Lizzie, it was lovely to meet you at Surtex. Here’s to a bright future following plan B

    July 20, 2014
  • lovely work as always! you rock Lizzie

    by Katy
    July 20, 2014
  • Lovely to meet you and the rest of Dotty Wren at Surtex! I absolutely adore your work!! I love how you say “You don’t have to be the winner to win. You can make your own dreams happen too”!!

    July 23, 2014
  • There is alot to talk about here. First off we just recently shot a weidndg where the bride had that dress. I was in love with it. And then after seeing your images of that dress I loved it more.The details here are PHENOMENAL!! Amazing flowers, hello!!!I have been saying that these lanterns should be used for weidndg since I first saw them last 4th of July. Aren’t they SO dreamy? I’m certain some houses nearby or some low flying planes though we were being invaded by aliens, but that is neither here nor there.It all boils down to a tremendous job! You told their story with your camera flawlessly!!

    November 10, 2015
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